Volcrain's Hunt (The Cat's Eye Chronicle's)
by T.L. Shreffler
Release date: September 30th, 2013
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A plague is spreading across the land. Crops are rotting. People are dying in the streets. Sora, with the help of her magical Cat's Eye necklace, is the only one who can stop it.
She must travel overseas to the Lost Isles, a place of legend and mystery. Only there can she destroy the bloodmage, Volcrian, putting an end to the curse. She is accompanied by Crash, a lethal assassin who once threatened—and saved—her life. But Sora is beginning to question her dark companion. He seems to be carrying a secret; a hidden past that could endanger them all.
Meanwhile, they are hunted by an underground society known as the Shade. For centuries, the Shade has waited for the perfect opportunity to step into the light. Now they are perilously close to resurrecting a Dark God and unleashing a wave of unimaginable destruction. They only need to collect the three sacred weapons, and Sora has already found two....
I'm not sure how to describe this book. It was everything I was expecting and so much more. It picked up right where the second book left off so there was no confusion as to what was going on, and it jumped straight into the action.
Its told from a couple different point of views, but once again mainly from Sora's. I liked this but at the same time I wanted to hurry up and get back to Sora to see what was going on with her, but if it was from Crash's point of view I wanted to read slower to hear more of his inner thoughts. It was a weird feeling for me.
You get a lot more of Crash's background this time around, which was great. I have a feeling he still has things hiding up his sleeves but I got enough this time around that instead of being frustrated by that thought I'm excited to learn more about him when the time comes again. He is the one character that I'm literally dieing to know everything about, his background is just that good.
I find myself liking Sora more and more with each book. I remember thinking she wasn't anything special in the first one, but by this one I'm fully behind her and love her. She is flawed in all the right ways, she isn't whiny about how things are going for her. She excepts them even if she doesn't like it. Though she has her moments when she doubts herself, or acts like how a person her age would about certain things *cough* Crash *cough*. She has really grown a lot from the first book to here. She is constantly surprising me with the way she reacts and handles things. I really like that the main character isn't getting boring for me, if anything she gets more and more exciting.
This time around Burn kinda takes a backseat on things, though he is still around he isn't in anyway the main focus of things. I couldn't be disappointed by this because he just didn't fit into all the things that were going on and I did get enough Burn time to keep me happy.
There are a few new characters introduced in this one, though they seem to hold a bigger part to play than Liana did the last book. Though she did have her part to play this time around, I still felt like she was just there making comments and getting on every one's nerves.
The romance side of things starts to really develop in this book as well. Sometimes I just want to smack Sora and Crash's heads together and tell them to get on with things, but at the same time I love the way their relationship is moving. Not to fast and not to slow either. It feels real, they seem to get closer and closer through everything they are going through.
The plot was good, we finally get to meet the Harpies and I have to say they weren't what I was expecting them to be, but at the same time they were perfect. I could picture them being the way they are. We are also introduced to a new race as well, but I'll leave that for yourself to read about. A lot of what happened is what you would expect from this book, and if you read the first two books you really had a heads up to what was going to happen. But even knowing a lot of what was to come didn't stop me from reading so fast that I skipped paragraphs and would have to stop myself take a breath and try and force myself to slow down (which really didn't work out for me). To me it is a sign of an amazing book when I do this to myself, I ending up reading so fast because I'm excited about what's going on and want to hurry up and know what is going to happen next.
Everything flowed really well and with the way the different point of views all come together was amazing. I love when point of views meet up at some point and when this is done well I want to high five the author. A lot of different plot points got tied up nice and neat in this book, but new ones opened up at the same time.
Would I recommend this book? Heck yeah I would. I really love the Cat's Eye Chronicle's the only complaint that I have is that I have to wait for the next book to come out.
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